Tiruvananthapuram, May 12

Wild animals are straying into human habitation in search of drinking water as water sources in the forest region are drying up due to the changes in forest eco system owing to climatic changes.

The incidents of wild animals living in Sabarimala, Ranni, Konni forest areas entering into villages of Pampa, Nilakal, Atthatod are increasing, especially more in summer.

Tigers prowling is more on the way to Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy temple, which creating panic among the devotees and locals.

A tiger was caught on CCTV camera installed at Pampa river in the foothills of Sabarimala.

Wild Animals

Deputy Superintendent of Police PK Jagadeesh said that the camera recordings showed the tiger on the pilgrims’ path at Chelikkuzhi near the Pandalam Raja Mandapam around 10.28 pm on Monday.

The tiger was found drinking water in a small pit and waited there for about 10 minutes before retreating into the nearby bushes. The Forest sources said the tiger might be a female tiger of about nine years.

Several animals are dying when the panic stricken people are trying to protect themselves from the wild animals.

Experts said that the animals are entering into human habitations due to mushrooming of granite quarries which led to drastic changes in the forest eco system.

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